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addition to the big guys, club and college
teams provide even more entertainment
options. Here’s a look at some of
the teams you’ll find in action in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
All eyes are on the Minnesota Vikings,
whose downtown Minneapolis stadium
made its debut for the 2016 NFL season.
With seating for more than 65,000
fans, the stadium has seven levels, a
transparent roof, and is connected
via skyway to the rest of downtown.
Excitement on game days is always
high, especially when the perennial rival
Green Bay Packers are in town.
Come spring, it’s time to play ball—
baseball, that is. The beloved Minnesota
Twins play outdoors at Target Field,
regularly named one of the top 10
MLB stadiums in the country. Take in
the views of the Minneapolis skyline
and sample some of the unique fare,
including local cra; beers, walleye and
chips, and a bloody mary that in past
years has been adorned with a slider or
a slice of pizza. The regular season runs
into early fall.
Also in downtown Minneapolis
is Target Center, home to the NBA’s
Minnesota Timberwolves, who play
ball from from October to April.
The Minnesota Lynx, who play May
through September, will call St. Paul’s
Xcel Energy Center home court this
season. Both teams have loyal fan
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bases and serve up a family-friendly
atmosphere. The Lynx won the WNBA
Championship in 2015, 2013 and 2011.
Considering Minnesota’s moniker
as “The State of Hockey,” it’s safe to say
that Minnesota Wild games make for
popular outings. The regular season
runs from October to April at Xcel
Energy Center; the team regularly
makes it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Like the Vikings, the St. Paul Saints
are the proud owners of a new home turf.
CHS Field, in St. Paul’s hip Lowertown
neighborhood, brings a taste of the
majors to this minor league baseball
franchise. Tickets start at $5, and game
days are all about fun: Look for fireworks
shows, between-inning antics and a cast
of entertaining characters.
Now’s the time to become a superfan
of the Minnesota United FC soccer
team. Making its debut as a Major
League Soccer franchise this year,
the team has already attracted a
dedicated following and will play at
TCF Bank Stadium at the University
of Minnesota while a new stadium is
being built in St. Paul.
Part of the Big 10 Conference,
the Minnesota Gophers compete in
football, basketball, hockey, wrestling
and many other NCAA sports. Catch
home games on the University of
Minnesota campus, accessible via
the light rail that runs between
Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Other teams to watch include the
St. Croix Baseball Club, who plays in
vintage uniforms using 1860s rules, and
the Minnesota RollerGirls roller derby
team at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in
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